Will the two young men in this photo sue the New York Post?
The story is HERE:
One of the glories of journalism is openness. Want to file a story and publish it? Go right ahead. There are no government licensing requirements, no independent board, no regulatory hurdles, no nothing. Accordingly, there are no official sanctions applying to journalists who screw up, who mangle facts, who libel innocent youngsters hanging around at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
So journalists at the New York Post should be extra appreciative of the First Amendment these days. No one can revoke their journalistic licenses for their most heinous act of last week — publishing a cover photo of two guys at the marathon under the headline “Bag Men: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon.” They can continue mangling journalism for as long as the paper remains in circulation. It’s a great country.
That’s not to say there are no countermeasures. The victims of the New York Post’s scurrilousness may avail themselves of another great constitutional amendment — the seventh, which entitles people access to the courts “in suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars…”
In other words, the young men in the New York Post cover photo can seek millions or even billions of dollars in damages from the paper.
Read the rest of that piece for an explanation of how the men in the picture might have a good case for libel.